Hostile Environment For Jewish Students at U.C. Berkeley

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Sher: We filed the complaint with the Justice and Education Departments because once Felber and Maissy graduated, we lost the ability to effect changes to correct the hostile environment. In resolving the lawsuit, the university agreed to issue regulations regarding the use of fake looking weapons and allowing ingress and egress on campus during demonstrations. These are important issues during the infamous “Apartheid Week”, where anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish activists resort to intimidation and harassment. It is also important to understand that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit were not pursuing the case to collect money. They wanted to correct an intolerable situation. In our complaint to Justice, it is alleged that Jewish students have been subjected to a pervasive hostile environment, which is impermissible under Title VI.

What are the main allegations in your complaint to Justice?

Sher: Central to our complaint are the on-campus activities during “Apartheid Week,” which is nothing short of a modern day version of the “Passion Play,” the notorious anti-Semitic German theatrical performance which portrays Jews as bloodthirsty and treacherous villains. During Berkeley’s Passion Play, student activists from the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine – both officially registered student organizations which receive funding from  the university and operate with the blessing of school officials –  resort to depictions of  Jews which are clearly racist and anti-Semitic. Moreover, they have been authorized by the University to carry realistic looking assault weapons which they brandish as they interrogate innocent students on campus about their religious and ethnic backgrounds. All this in an effort to convey a portrayal that “all” Jews are blood-thirsty barbarians. Regrettably, the university has effectively put its imprimatur on this despicable behavior.

FP:Is there precedent for such action by the Justice Department?

There is. Recently the federal government undertook an in-depth inquiry into a hostile racist environment at U.C. San Diego. That investigation was precipitated by the offensive “Compton Cookout” of February 2010, during Black History Month. During that off-campus event, African Americans were portrayed in a racist and offensive stereotype. As a result of its intervention, earlier this year the Justice Department announced a Resolution Agreement with U.C. San Diego. The school is now subject to a series of strict reporting and educational requirements designed to eliminate the impermissible behavior. Schools which violate Title VI run the risk of forfeiting federal funds.

FP:Is the situation at San Diego comparable to that at Berkeley?

Sher: Like the “Compton Cookout” at San Diego, the BerkeleyApartheid Week/Passion Play is patently offensive and racist. Portraying Jews in such a fashion is as odious as the use of the “N” word and other similar racist and sexist stereotypes. Indeed, the Berkeley situation presents an even stronger case than that in San Diego, inasmuch as the offensive activities of Apartheid Week occurred on campus by registered student organizations with the permission and effective approval of University officials; the “Compton Cookout,” by comparison, was off campus with no official University involvement.

Jewish students at Berkeley should be entitled to the same protection and relief as were the African American students at San Diego.

I would also add that when the Republican student organization on the Berkeley campus sold baked goods at different prices as a demonstration against affirmative action, i.e. black students could buy a cup cake for 5 cents while the same cup cake cost a white student 50 cents, the University made a public statement that this was offensive.

When a fraternity at UC San Diego asked students to come dressed to a party as their favorite “nigga,” the University held town meetings stating that was offensive. At a world class University like Yale, when a fraternity made pledges chant, “NO means Yes” and “Yes Means Anal,” Yale censored the fraternity.  Yet at Berkeley, when students are allowed to dress and parade as Jews, and to carry realistic looking assault weapons and brutalize students, the University is silent.

It is incumbent upon the Justice Department to require Berkeley to remedy this intolerable situation.

FP: Neal Sher, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.

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  • mah29001

    When Palestinian supporters are praised by a former Klansman like David Duke, of course they're just as going to be as hateful as the former Klansman.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Islamic Jew hatred and muslim action upon that hatred predates the existence of not only the USA, but the English language. It's also never stopped since it's part and parcel of their faith.

  • A. Keen Observer

    Wouldn't it be great if this finally made an impression on liberal, university-worshipping Jews. Oh well, I was just dreaming….


    Here's a chant to use at Berkeley.

    "From the river to the sea,

    Pal-e-SWINE Will Never Be!"

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    Better known as "Beserkley."

  • Schlomotion

    This interviewee is hard to believe firstoff because his surname leaps out as uncommon. It is the medieval English "Son of Shear" and would more commonly be rendered Shears or Shire. It leaps out as being a shortened version of Sherman or Schermer. Mr. Sher was the executive director of AIPAC from 1994 to 1996, and AIPAC is a political machine with the the mission to control, alter, or destroy any organization that impedes the Israel Lobby. Mr. Sher was an ambulance chaser for Holocaust insurance claims and resigned when it was revealed that he received unauthorized payments to the tune of $5000 in first class air travel to Europe. This was at a time when the Holocaust Restitution Movement began attacking the Slavery Restitution Movement. The organization interviewing Mr. Sher was a lead party in that media war. Mr. Sher was disbarred by consent in 2003.

    Now he is defending college students from viewpoints on campus that differ with those of the Israel Lobby. He is pushing the "hostile environment" angle which originated in se.x.ual harassment workplace litigation and is trying to apply it to beliefs expressed on campus that Palestinians are people too. This is Nazi-hunting writ impossibly small, indicative of recession era issues-politics.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Let me get this straight. Because you think the guy has a funny name, we're all expected to ignore the injustices occurring on UC campuses? Wow. What a compelling argument you make!

      • Schlomotion

        Yes I definitely do. If his name was Jesus Hitler, you would too. Anyway, I made more of a point than that. There are no injustices happening on UC campuses. It's nothing people can't handle. The alarmism with which this whole thing is being treated is copied straight from the feminist handbook on stopping rape by holding vigils and demanding more lightbulbs.

        • Looking4Sanity

          "There are no injustices happening on UC campuses. It's nothing people can't handle."

          Which is it? You seem to be having a hard time keeping your story straight.

          • Schlomotion

            Banner battles FROM 2010!!! Oooooooh. He hung his Gaza banner too close to my Israel banner. Call in the lawyers.

          • Kufar Dawg

            You mean CAIR right?

          • Schlomotion

            I don't really support CAIR. I would be fine if someone tied them to Tikvah and dropped them in the ocean.

          • Kufar Dawg

            Ah, nice try at an argument of false equivalence. I'm sorry but the mission statement of Tikvah is in no way comparable to that of islamofascist CAIR. Tikvah doesn't have any ties to terrorist groups that advocate the extermination of the Jewish people either.

            Like I said, nice try, I give a 3 out of 10.

          • Looking4Sanity

            So you're just going to ignore and discount the physical assaults that have taken place “in the interest of peace and harmony”? What a humanitarian you are!

          • Schlomotion

            I watched videos of Husam Zakharia and looked at Mr. Maissy's website. These people are fakers, stagers, and passive aggressive wimps. Maissy dropped the lawsuit years ago. Zakharia went on to stand on blue and white towels and freak out if anybody walked within a foot of his body. Ms. Felber has survived to stick her rear end in front of other shopping carts on behalf of Israel. Not only do I discount these "assaults," I would say they have gone into warehouse liquidations. I can't see that Mr. Sher is even actually doing anything.

          • Iron Yank

            Come one Scholomotion, I think we know your agenda here……you dont like the Jew do you? Do you possibly associate with David Duke?

          • Looking4Sanity

            The Nazis used a very similar rationalization. Pardon me for saying this, but your callous indifference seems a bit subhuman.

        • aspacia


          You have zero idea what another poster would do. Don't you realize that making ASSumptions, reveals you to be an @$$.

        • Kufar Dawg

          Instead of Jesus Hitler, how about Adolph MuhamMAD?

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,that who Schlockmotion is,a callous Jew hater with no real humanity in him.

    • Choi

      You never cease to amaze at your creativeness in making yourself a bigger POS with each post.
      You are a JEW-HATING TROLL on Steroids.
      We're NOT talking about differing viewpoints unless in your sick and evil mind ,Muslims WANTING to Kill Jews,Destroy Israel,and attack their fellow students who are Jewish,and the Jews for WANTING to STAY ALIVE & HEALTHY ,Israel to be SAFE,and the SAME feeling of well-being ,on campus,or society as any other human being, are "differing "viewpoints.

  • Dr. Kochava Malchiel

    I have witnessed with my own eyes Moslme students on the CAL campus waving Nazi swastikas.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Not surprising. Muslims were notorious Nazi collaborators. Did you know that the name "Iran" is Farsi for "Aryan"? Food for thought!

    • 1389AD

      Well, yes, of course.

      A surprising number of Nazis WERE Muslims. And I mean actual Nazis of the Third Reich.

      Hitler, the Mufti of Jerusalem, and Modern Islamo-Nazism

  • JohnWV

    Criticism of Israel is not antisemitic. Criticism of American Jews who support Israel isn't either. Israel is racist and America Jews who support Israel are legitimately suspect.

    • aspacia


      What about the intolerance demonstrated in ever ME land except Israel. NonMuslims, women, any minority are often massacred by Muslims. Look at what has happened to the Copts? What about the 650,000 Jews expelled from their ME homes without compensation. And you have the nerve to condemn this tiny, industrious land whose people contribute numerous advances to humanity.

      No John, it is the vast ME Muslim world who is xenophobic and discriminate against all nonMuslims.

      • JohnWV

        Israel defines itself as a Jewish State and discriminates (intolerates) accordingly. Examples:

        Rabbinical Authority sorts Jew from goy with emphasis on maternal bloodlines and marriage. Based of their rulings, applicants are either rejected or assigned to one of the multiple levels of citizenship which allow or deny crucial privileges including where they are permitted to live.

        Israel looses American attack jets against civilians in besieged Palestinian neighborhoods. Fathers, mothers and children killed, splattered actually. The Jews enjoy a kill ratio of near one hundred to one.

        • aspacia

          It is called maternal descent. So? If children are born to a Muslim man they are considered Muslim.

          Muslims discriminate against women, gays and nonMuslims daily and really discriminate against Pals. Pals are denied job opportunities, citizenship, education in the vast ME lands.

          Wars are won by using disproportional force, hence we won against Germany and Japan

          Gaza has launched thousands or rockets into Israel since Israel evacuated the land.

    • Looking4Sanity

      If Israel is racist, as you claim, how do you explain the existence of large numbers of "Palestinians" who claim Israeli citizenship? If they were racist, why would they allow goyim into their country to visit their holy sites?

      These do not seem to be the actions of racists to me. Maybe you're the racist?

      • Kufar Dawg

        Yeah Israel is so racist that it's the ONLY place in the Mid-East where Jews, Bahais, Druze and Christians
        aren't being slaughtered, raped or persecuted by muslims with impunity.

    • bobloblaw

      If you read JohnWV past posts, he is an old time peleo con Jew hater from the 1930s. He justifies the treatment of Jews over the centuries. Says Jews always enrage their "host" country as though they didnt belong there (notice the position of the anti-semite, Jews dont belong in Israel but they also dont belong in Germany, Russia or Poland either, they simply belong dead).

    • Choi

      And you're a Hillbilly RACIST Jew-Hating INBRED in the West Virginny mountains.

    • UCSPanther

      Translation: All Jews need to be cleansed from America. Sieg Heil!

  • Iron Yank

    Let me guess…… Your first name is really David & you live in Louisiana?

  • elvisbarry

    why don't the muslim monkeys get the hell out of my country!

  • Ronald Johnston

    osama obama, the evil muslim terrorist, has no small part in any of these evil things the muslims do!!!!!

  • Ghostwriter

    I got to admit. This article did bring some of the usual Jew hating swill from their fetid swamp of hate.

    • Kufar Dawg

      They never quit, hate is all they have. Delusional Jew hatred is practically the hallmark of a room temperature IQ.

  • Katharina

    Bravo article! Only the lawsby barve lawyers and people (we need some brave lawyers here in Germany!) can fight back against Nazi Saudi/Qatar-sponsored Muslim Brotherhood terrorism (both psychological & physical terrorism) in the West! These Jihadists are using the Western universities not just to brainwash Muslim students into Jew/Israel-hating but also recruiting future Jihadist footsoldiers through the Muslim intellectuals (both males/females), who will hold dominant power in politics and economics, especially in OIL-RICH Islamic-ruled regions/countries! Look at the Islam-Saudi king bowing Mullah/Dictator/War Criminal and suspected Muslim Brotherhood Trojan Horse Barack Hussein Obama – the MB Jihadists even hijacked the once great White House & are destroying Judeo-Christian historical heritage and foundation of the US bit by bit, including by using the atheist Left/Liberals! Further, since the 1980s, all Muslim females, especially non-Arabic, are increasingly pushed into wearing the Saudi-Arabic veil – thus, brainwashing them into slave-like submission as part of the Saudi/Arabic jihadist 'Ummah' (One Islamic Community) where these female main goal in life is to produce more Islamic/Arabic-style jihadists, including as intellectuals, through their children, in a vicious cycle – thus is why more and more very young girls are covered up in these monstrous veils. This is what happened in once modern & liberal Islamic-ruled Malaysia, Indonesia, parts of Nigeria/Uganda, Southern Philippines/Thailand, Yemen, Ivory Coast and so on.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Who let these vermin into America in the first place, one day the blame will be fixed and the
    damage undone by a population of Americans that have had enough of the present
    leftist government parading as Democrats (totally Marxist) and Republicans (RHINOS, sellouts).
    Our political parties have been taken over by false people of the lowest moral character, nothing
    coming out of the government can be believed, Clean house America, elect future government
    like picking jury duty. How low government has become is just what it is, criminal……..Oh sorry,
    the voter rolls have been subverted also, dead people, illegals, cats and dogs, maybe
    the Marines have and answer……………………………William

  • Phil

    If you want to stop the violence; start becoming pacifists, there are thousands of books, about this… travel to India, learn about Gandhi and pacifism from those that know how to do it….I could go on and on.

    • aspacia

      Hindus have slaughter millions you dolt. If some idiot opens fire on a school or in any public place — shoot the monster. Pacifists do not do this.

    • Drakken

      Violence is only stopped by using greater violence, pacifist always have one thing in common, they are all dead, but you go ahead and try it shortbus.

  • uhh…

    Is everyone here either an anti-semite or a muslim hater? What the hell?

    Here's a description of the… *ahem* assault, from the obviously traumatized victim:

    "(We were) holding signs saying things about peace," Felber said. "I feel an impact on my back. I turn around and there is a cart about five feet high and three feet wide, and one of the SJP members I see first, he says, 'What? It was an accident,' very sarcastically."


    These are melodramatic kids, in the spotlight because two opposing groups of diehard bigots think they can use them to advance their causes.

  • Drakken

    I see the muslim jihadist are becoming more blatent and bold by the day and wonder where are the brave souls standing up too these savages? Jews in the West there is a lesson for you, stand up or be eliminiated, your choice.

  • Viva Portugal

    Jews are fithy animals whom destroyed our beautiful planet.

    • mah29001

      Jew-haters are filthy animals. You're right you filthy animal.

  • 1389AD

    Here's an idea.

    Don't apply to Berkeley.
    Don't send your kids there.
    If you are already a Berkeley student, then take a stand against anti-Semitism in general and the MSA in particular.
    Don't donate any money to Berkeley.
    Don't apply to work there.
    Tell your politicians not to waste any more money on Berkeley.
    Don't hire anybody from Berkeley unless you have made SURE that the person has not been indoctrinated with anti-Semitism (even if they try to pass it off as anti-Zionism).
    You might even want to consider studying in Israel instead!

  • Jack

    A few years ago I attended an outdoor rally on the steps of Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus commemorating what Palestinians refer to as the Nabka (or disaster) – the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in the aftermath of the 1948 war. The rally, organized by Palestinian and Jewish students, was somber, respectful, and moderate in tone. It was well attended by students who were sincerely interested in the issue. By way of contrast, the behavior of pro – Zionist Jewish students at that rally was shameful and frightening. They cheered at the pain of the Palestinians. They heckled the speakers. They truly whipped themselves into a frenzy of hatred.

    My experience on the Berkeley campus is that the students from Middle Eastern backgrounds generally conduct themselves respectfully; those who are there to defend Israel conduct themselves very badly and very provocatively.

    This is an observation of conduct that I have witnessed on many occasions.

    I am a proudly Jewish Cal alum